Thursday, December 31, 2009

7 inmates in west Fla. jail have swine flu

The Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 31, 2009 at 1:04 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Seven inmates have tested positive for the swine flu at a west Florida jail.

Pinellas County jail officials say they got the positive test results Thursday.

The seven who tested positive were among 32 inmates who had flu-like symptoms and were isolated from the general population at one time or another.

Nonessential activities and movement among pods at the jail in Clearwater were canceled as of Wednesday.

Staff members in housing areas are wearing masks and gloves as a precaution.

Earlier this week, 3 Collier County jail inmates were tested positive for swine flu. Four others were treated with flu-like symptoms.

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